Joey Terdoslavich had just moved from right field to first base in the bottom of the seventh inning of the Braves’ Grapefruit League game against the Cardinals on Saturday afternoon. The Cardinals quickly put two runners on base with back-to-back singles from Yadier Molina and Jhonny Peralta, putting runners on first and third. Dean Anna came in to pinch-run for Peralta while Kolten Wong came to the plate.
Wong, even in the count 2-2, weakly hit a Sugar Ray Marimon breaking ball to Terdoslavich at first base. Molina had gone too far past the third base bag and Terdoslavich charged. He tagged Molina and adroitly noticed Anna trying to dive into the third base bag just ahead of him. Terdoslavich dove and tagged out Anna for an easy double-play at third base… from first base.
The Braves ended up losing 1-0 as they couldn’t get anything going against Adam Wainwright for four innings nor Carlos Martinez for three. Carlos Villanueva and Kevin Siegrist polished off the final two innings for the win.
Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale has been placed on the 10-day injured list with left elbow inflammation, the club revealed Saturday. The assignment is retroactive to August 14. In a corresponding roster move, right-handed reliever Ryan Brasier was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket.
It’s an alarming development for the 30-year-old ace, who has been remarkably injury-free after dealing with a lingering case of shoulder inflammation last summer. While he hasn’t replicated the career-high results he delivered over the last two seasons, he still leads Red Sox pitchers with 3.6 fWAR and will head to the IL with a 6-11 record in 25 starts, a 4.40 ERA, 2.3 BB/9, and league-best 13.3 SO/9 through 147 1/3 innings. A timetable has not been given for his return, nor has the severity of his injury been disclosed. Per Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski, Sale has been experiencing pain in his elbow since Wednesday and will undergo further evaluation in the days to come.
Brasier, 31, was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket in mid-July after pitching to mixed results in the majors. He currently holds a 4.46 ERA, 2.7 BB/9, and 8.0 SO/9 with the Red Sox, though his results in Triple-A — one run, one walk, and 13 strikeouts over 9 1/3 innings — suggest that he might be capable of even sharper results when he rejoins the big league club.